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M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from University of Regina

Neufeld Institute trainings on childhood, parenting, adolescence

Gabor Mate training on resilience

Martin Brokenleg training on Circle of Courage for Aboriginal youth

Stel Raven training on 2SLGTBQIA+ issues

ADHDAnger ManagementAnxietyChildren and YouthCouples counsellingDepressionGrief and LossIndigenous ClientsLGBTQ2Life TransitionsParentingPlay TherapySelf EsteemSleep problemsSuccessful agingSuicide PreventionTraumaworkplace issues

Jay Hails, MEd, CCC

Jay (he/him) is a Canadian Certified Counsellor in Vancouver, offering therapy sessions in person, online, and by phone. He works with children, youth, parents, individuals and couples.  His strength lies in helping you identify and celebrate your own unique strengths. He works on many areas including anxiety, depression, workplace issues, trauma and celebrating 2SLGBTQ+ identities.  He already knows you have some strengths, or you wouldn’t be looking for help right now. For years he has worked with people of all ages and all genders, individuals with different backgrounds and levels of development. His office is a refuge where you’ll be welcomed and celebrated. If you’re overwhelmed or stuck, or you’ve lost something precious, Jay can help. If your feelings are too intense, or you don’t even know what you’re feeling anymore, he can walk you through that fog. Jay gives you agency and control, and knows that you’re the expert on you. It’s your therapy, and you’ll be the one in charge.

Jay has special skills and training for treating children and teens. He makes connections, assesses strengths, solves problems, and celebrates breakthroughs with children and their caregivers. Jay spent years as a special educator and school counsellor. Areas of expertise in working with children include Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, school refusal and self-harm and suicide risk.

Jay is humbled to have worked with Indigenous communities in the Prairies and on the West Coast, on and off reserve. As a descendent of settlers, he has been honoured to witness the healing power of ceremony and connection to the land. Culture truly is therapy.

Client Focus: Adults, Children, Youth, Couples, Indigenous individuals and families, 2SLGBTQ+ Identity

Types of Therapy: CBT, Solution-Focused, Gottman Couples Method, Narrative, Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Existential Therapy, Attachment Therapy

Contact Us

Counsellor Location:

400 – 601 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC  plus online via phone or video


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